In order to better understand community health needs, the Ozarks
Health Commission (OHC) collected and aggregated Emergency Department (ED) data from
partnering hospitals across the OHC Region. The OHC focused data evaluation around
the diagnosis groups that aligned with the Assessed Health Issues (AHI). Of all
AHI, lung disease, cardiovascular disease, and mental health issues were the
most prevalent, respectively. The
presentation of specific health issues varied by age, sex, race, and ethnicity.
The data assists OHC Communities in determining priority health issues and
developing strategic Community Health Implementation Plans (CHIPs) that align
with the strengths of healthcare, public health, and community-based agencies.